Wine vs Beer vs Liquor

Posted on May 13, 2014 by Matariki Wines

We always knew that drinking red wine was good for you, but now there is some scientific proof! This newsletter came across the desk at Matariki recently and we just had to share. So grab yourself a coffee....scratch that, a RED WINE and have a read of this article courtesy of Mike Geary.........

Cheers, John


You've probably heard dozens of times about some of the health benefits of red wine... but today's newsletter shows you some more evidence that wine just may be a much better drink of choice compared to beer or liquor if and when you decide to have a couple drinks.

We already know that the powerful antioxidants in a good dry red wine have been shown to help normalize blood pressure, protect your heart health, reduce the risk of cancer and lots more...

But I bet you didn't know the effect of red wine on your fat cells... check THIS out:

According to a recent article in Men's Health (April 2014, pg 105), "Another study, in J. Nutrition, found that moderate wine drinkers tended to not gain any weight after 6 years, while those who drink beer or spirits more heavily did. The reasons? Red wine may interfere with the way fat accumulates in fat cells and may also reduce the size of fat cells, say researchers in Spain. Plus, the resveratrol might affect the expression of a gene that controls the formation of body fat, reports Nutrition Reviews."

Now THAT'S good news if you love a glass of red wine with dinner!

In fact, I can verify that adding 1-2 glasses of red wine with my dinners about 4-5 nights per week has had no detrimental effect in terms of weight gain on either me or my wife. And both of us really enjoy the taste of red wine with a meal, but it's also nice to mentally know you're doing the body good.

Not only that, but I've even conducted my own blood sugar testing before and after meals that either did or didn't have a glass of red wine included, and I've found that the glass of red wine with a meal has a blood sugar controlling effect, helping me to maintain lower blood sugar levels after a meal. Of course, you know from reading my articles about the role of blood sugar and glycation in aging, that keeping lower blood sugar levels helps you to age slower.

And the good news is that the benefits of red wine don't stop there... if you haven't seen this article yet, read about how red wine affects your gut health here. Gut health is a major topic these days, so it's great to see yet more benefits of red wine on that front too!

On the topic of alcohol, make sure to also read my article with 7 tips to enjoy moderate alcohol without gaining weight. Time and time again, researchers continue to show that low-moderate alcohol intake has health benefits compared to heavy drinkers AND non-drinkers...and moderate drinkers live longer than both heavy drinkers and non-drinkers.

To your health,

Mike Geary
Certified Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer


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The Wait is Over ...

Posted on April 10, 2014 by Matariki Wines

Matariki 2009 Gimblett Gravels Quintology is here! Quintology is a blend of five red varietals iconic to Matariki.  This ultra premium Bordeaux style wine is made from stellar, hand selected parcels of exceptional fruit.  With a history of international recognition and accolades we are extremely proud to bring you our 2009 vintage.

Vintage 2009 In the Gimblett Gravels Winegrowing District will be one to remember for red grape varieties and  created some of the best ever wines to date.  Certainly the Bordeaux blends and single Bordeaux varietals produced from 2009 will be some of the best yet produced from the Gimblett Gravels Winegrowing District, ensuring the quality of our flagship wine.

Since 1997 we have carefully hand selected and blended the five classic French varietals which make up Quintology - Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Syrah, Cabernet Franc and our 2009 is showing the delicious complexity, fine structure and refined elegance which Quintology is known around the world for.


Reviews of previous Vintages:

Bob Campbell, Gourmet Wine Traveller, Top 12, 2005 Quintology

“The winemakers of Bordeaux are sure to be kept on their toes… A complex red with character and class.”

Raymond Chan on 2007 Quintology

“.. intense and concentrated nose with an elegance of proportion…This is an archetype Gimblett Gravels red…”

Timothy Giles for Sunday Herald ‘Drink’ on 2002 Quintology

“To cherish and adore, star performer”


Enjoy, we look forward to your reviews



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Posted on December 24, 2013 by Matariki Wines

Planting our first vineyard in 1977, following a return from living in Italy, the Matariki story began.  As with most things in life we have been thrown numerous challenges but at Matariki with adversity comes strength and our small team are passionately committed to developing the core traditions of our history with a new beginning for the Matariki brand.

While we have overcome our challenges and continued to develop the Matariki story, what has never changed is our commitment to producing world class handcrafted wine which is elegant, balanced and harmonious.

As many of you will know, Matariki, a cluster of stars that sits in the constellation Taurus, is a story of new beginnings.  The stars arrival in the winter night sky announces the beginning of the Maori New Year. We are proud of our history, our story and our wines and we are now proud to launch our new website to you.  

The new Matariki site is incredibly aesthetically pleasing, is easier to read and navigate, enabling visitors just like you, to find the wine you need quickly. And like our new look branding, the new site heralds a new beginning for Matariki.

So welcome to our new site.  Keep checking in as we add more features and information to keep you informed of our new collections and releases

Thank you for your support of Matariki

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